The Map of Meaning - A Career Compass. Dr Marjolein Lips- Wiersma , University of Canterbury, New Zealand Lani Morris, BA, Dip Journ , MBA, MSc , Holistic Development Group www.holisticdevelopment.org.nz. Who ever talks about meaning?. We all do , and it sounds like this…
Dr Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Lani Morris, BA, Dip Journ, MBA, MSc,
Holistic Development Group
……Why do I bother?”
Not an abstract inquiry with little hope of being answered……….
…………but a fundamental question:
what is the nature of being human?
- A Career Compass
‘what is the right thing to do here’”
“I work for a company that does good work”
“When people come into the shop, sometimes I am the only person they are going to talk to today. My boss doesn’t like me spending time with them, but I do it anyway.”
“The company for which I work asked us to articulate our values. I now realise that I share these values with many others in the organisation. It makes a difference.”
“There is an inherent meaning in mastering something. When something comes out of my hands that I know to be good, it is a great feeling”
These are between:
Self and Others
Being and Doing
Connection with the transcendent
What is at the heart of things for someone
We will always battle with imperfection
The latin word ‘humilitas’ has at its’ root ‘humus’, the earth. Humility is befriending our earthly gravity, the world of our instincts, material demands or needs, and shadowsides. Humility is the courage to see reality.
Embrace our earthliness from which we often also get a clearer perspective on who we are and our relationship with the transcendent.
“There is nothing wrong with all of this mission and vision and values stuff itself. However if we are not allowed to articulate where we do not and cannot live up to this, it feels as if we mock something that is really quite profound”.
Losing and finding balance
It helps us make sense of a situation
“Sense making involves turning circumstances into a situation that is comprehended explicitly in words and that serves as a spring board to action.”
Weick, K.E./ Sutcliffe, K.M., Obstfeld, D. Organizational Science, July/August 2005 vol 16 no 4409-421
It allows us to speak about what matters – rationally and with feeling
It shows us, and others, the whole picture
It helps us to take charge and take responsibility for what matters most
It supports us all in constructive conversations.
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